Music Articles

Every week, our writers take an in‐depth look at an artist, program or topic of interest to us. Spend some time with this week's classical music feature, or scroll through the extensive SFCV archive for insights in many music topics.

Feature Article
October 16, 2014

How would you like your piano teacher to write music for your own artistic needs? Here’s one who does.

More "Music in the Age of Personalization: Composing Your Potential " »
Feature Article
Bartoli CD
October 13, 2014

Four new mind-boggling, jaw-dropping, ear-seducing recordings by Cecilia Bartoli, Dominque Labelle, Alice Coote, and Nathalie Stutzman give pleasure almost beyond words.

More "Four Essential Vocal Recordings" »
Feature Article
October 9, 2014

What is at the heart of interpretation and how does a pianist get there. Garrick Ohlsson gives his answers, along with some of his favorite San Francisco haunts.

More "Artists on the Bench: This Week With Garrick Ohlsson" »
News Report
David Gockley and Nicola Luisotti at the Friday press conference Photo by Cory W
October 3, 2014

San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley's retirement plans were finally made official at a press conference on Friday.

More "Big Change Coming at S.F. Opera, By and By" »
Kids & Families Feature
Dakota Dry
October 3, 2014

Sitting down with Dakota Dry, a young actress and singer, just out of rehearsal for a Berkeley Playhouse production of Mary Poppins, directed and choreographed by Kimberly Dooley.

More "At Play With a Young Actress in Berkeley " »
News Report
Nicola Luisotti<br>Photo by Terrence McCarthy
September 27, 2014

Nicola Luisotti, San Francisco Opera's music director, resigned from his other post at the Teatro San Carlo, Napoli, after only two-and-a-half years in the job.

More "Nicola Luisotti Resigns Post" »
News Report
September 24, 2014

On Sept. 23 a newly remastered 69-CD box set of Maria Callas’ entire studio discography became available from Warner Classics.

More "Callas: More Divine than Ever" »
Feature Article
September 23, 2014

Faced with a declining budget and faced with dwindling audiences, will the board's decision to fire the music director and bring in fresh blood be the answer for the Vallejo Symphony?

More "Seeking Change? The Vallejo Symphony Firing Squad" »
News Report
September 22, 2014

Drama ensues at the opening of Marriage of Figaro at Lincoln Center when the New York City Fire Dept. discovered a significant portion of the scenery was found to not be fireproof.

More "UPDATE: Is the Metropolitan Opera Fire-Proof?" »